Ama­zon’s Sum­mer Tech Reads

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Just in time for your fam­ily va­ca­tion, long week­end or daily com­mute (if you still in­sist on go­ing into work), these tech­nol­ogy-themed books—all com­ing to a Kin­dle near you in the com­ing months—pack much more in­tel­lec­tual punch than your typ­i­cal beach-friendly page turner. But that doesn’t make them any less en­ter­tain­ing.

Un­box­ing IT: A Look In­side the In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Black Box (May 20)

Most home­own­ers can SOXQJH D WRLOHW RU À[ D blown fuse, yet most com­puter own­ers see their tech­no­log­i­cal know-how top out at hit­ting con­trol-alt-delete. Use this book to get in­side the head of an IT pro­fes­sional, so that the QH[W WLPH \RXU ODSWRS LV stuck in a rut, you’ll have a bet­ter game plan than to panic and restart.

Chaos Mon­keys: Ob­scene For­tune and Ran­dom Fail­ure in Sil­i­con Val­ley (June 28)

Your tour guide on this be­hind-the-scenes look at the tech in­dus­try, An­to­nio Gar­cía Martínez, pulls no punches— QRW H[DFWO\ D VXUSULVH con­sid­er­ing he’s the JX\ ZKR RQFH ÁRRGHG Mark Zucker­berg’s desk while brew­ing EHHU DW WKH RIÀFH DQG who cur­rently lives on a 40-foot boat in San Fran­cisco Bay.

Cy­ber­spies: The Secret His­tory of Surveil­lance, Hack­ing, and Dig­i­tal Es­pi­onage (July 5)

The his­tory of dig­i­tal es­pi­onage is much big­ger, and older, than Ed­ward Snow­den. Lean­ing on sources that range from hack­ers to heads of state, au­thor *RUGRQ &RUHUD H[SORUHV data col­lec­tion from World War II through the Cold War, and up un­til to­day, to pon­der how in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing has re­shaped the world.

Ne­t­y­mol­ogy: From Apps to Zom­bies— A Lin­guis­tic Cel­e­bra­tion of the Dig­i­tal World (Aug. 2)

Did you know that Ap­ple’s looped square com­mand key ( ) is known as St. John’s Arms and has its ori­gins in 1,000 B.C. Scan­di­navia? Prob­a­bly not. But if that fact in­ter­ests you, Tom &KDWÀHOG·V HQWU\ ERRN H[SORULQJ WKH RULJLQV of the In­ter­net’s most fa­mous slang and memes will have you feel­ing like less of a n00b in no time.

The Best­seller Code: Anatomy of the Block­buster Novel (Sept. 20)

It sounds like some­thing straight out of

The Da Vinci Code: a hid­den al­go­rithm that con­sid­ers plot, pac­ing and even punc­tu­a­tion to pre­dict with 97 per­cent cer­tainty if a novel will claw its way to the top of the New York

Times best­seller list. Tip No. 1: Try to make your main char­ac­ter a 28-year- old woman who owns a dog.

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